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Linnea in Monet's Garden + #Giveaway

Introducing children to non-fiction: Linnea in Monet's Garden 
My children love to read. We get so many books from the library, that sometimes I feel like we are robbing them to start out own library. One day the librarian said something that comforted me. She said that the more books we take, the longer they stay in business! WOW! I loved hearing this and my children and I devour books.

But I want my kids to also enjoy and understand quality books that are non-fiction. I'm happy to find the Linnea in Monet's Garden.  I have not yet finished reading it, but I intend to and will also share about it on goodreads.

Linnea in Monet's Garden
25 years ago, U.S. readers were introduced to Linnea, a high-spirited girl on a whirlwind trip through art history. Since then, the Linnea in Monet’s Garden has become a beloved favorite of families, critics and teachers, introducing children to impressionism through a charming first-person account.

Now, after several years out of print, the beloved story is returning to the U.S. to delight a new generation.

When Linnea travels to Monet’s garden in Giverny, she finds herself stepping into a masterpiece. Young readers follow Linnea as she visits the painter’s water-lily wonderland, stands on the famous Japanese bridge, watches the sun rise over the Seine, and comes face-to-face with the colorful and lively world of art.

Along with lighthearted and airy watercolors, the pages are filled with reproductions of the paintings, period photographs, and notes from Linnea’s scrapbook, which let us experience Monet’s life and work through her eyes. Beautifully presented in a new enlarged trim size, this anniversary edition also includes updated information for family activities in Paris.

With their adoption of the new Common Core State Standards, schools have repeatedly highlighted the need for children’s non-fiction. Perfectly timed for this new emphasis, Linnea in Monet’s Garden is exuberant introduction to travel, art, and the wide-eyed wonder that they inspire.

In a few days, my kids school will have a book sale. It would be nice to see books like these in the catalog.

To celebrate, Sourcebooks is giving away a Vera Bradley Tote to celebrate Linnea and the flowers that inspired Monet. Visit Celebrate Linnea’s Birthday!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Linnea in Monet’s Garden from my blog!

For an opportunity to win, leave a comment below by Wednesday, October 24th, 11:59 EST. Please leave your email address where you can be contacted if you win.

One entry per person.

This contest is open to readers in the United States and Canada.

This post is one in a series of posts celebrating Linnea in Monet’s Garden‘s 25th Anniversary.

If you leave a comment below, you will also have the opportunity to win a grand prize (Vera Bradley Tote) that will be announced on October 25th.


Congratulations to the winner:

Sounds great :)

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  1. I remember a friend of mine from years ago had one, this would be great to have one for me, thanks

  2. I must say that I’m going to need to add this to our home library. I’m excited to find such an interesting read and I can’t wait for my little one to enjoy it too! I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before.
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  3. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. This would be a great gift for my friend's budding artist daughter.

  5. This looks like such a pretty book!

  6. like to have for the grandchildren

  7. Very interested.

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  13. I love to read good books and hope to share them with my children and eventually grandchildren. When I find a good book (after reading it of course) I put them up to pass down later on. I would love to win a copy, this book would be a wonderful keepsake.

  14. I would love to win :) thanks for the chance

  15. Sounds great :)

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  21. Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)

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